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Wallace Wade Stadium, Durham

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4.6/5 based on 25+ reviews on the web
'''Brooks Field at Wallace Wade Stadium is a 40,000-seat stadium on the campus of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, United States. Primarily used for American football, it is the home field of the Duke Blue Devils. It opened in 1929 with a game against Pitt, as the first facility in Duke's new west campus. Originally named Duke Stadium, it was renamed in 1967 for football coach Wallace Wade and has remained Wallace Wade Stadium ever since.HistoryThe stadium is notable for being the site of the 1942 Rose Bowl Game. Duke had won the invitation to the game as the eastern representative. However, the attack on Pearl Harbor, just weeks after the end of the 1941 season, led to fears of a Japanese attack on the West Coast. General John L. DeWitt, commander of the Western Defense Command, advised the Tournament of Roses Association not to hold the game at the Rose Bowl Stadium itself, since he was not willing to take a chance on the Japanese choosing to stage a bombing raid on a stadium with over 90,000 people in attendance. Soon afterward, the government banned all large public gatherings on the West Coast, which ruled out Bell Field on the campus of Oregon State, the host team from the PCC, as an alternative venue. The Tournament of Roses Association originally planned to cancel the game, but Duke officials invited the Rose Bowl and Oregon State to Durham to play the game. The offer was accepted, and on a cold, rainy January 1, 1942, 56,000 fans, 22,000 of whom sat on bleachers borrowed from nearby NC State and UNC, watched the heavily favored Blue Devils fall to the strong defense of the Beavers 20-16. It is still the only time the game has been played outside of Pasadena, California.
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  • Very nice and good seating. Very strict on entering. Had to go thru all kinds of security. No package larger than 10". Ladies leave your purses home. Parking is very far away about 1.5 miles. But nice...  read more »
  • I decided to take the family here for a college football game. It was our first, on Halloween and the stadium was a great experience. The food was very good, although slightly expensive. The seats wer...  read more »
  • Duke football is fun to watch. When the weather's good, it's a great Saturday activity. Colorful fun! 
  • It is well on its way to big improvements. Better rating when done.
  • Used to have season tickets and go to games all the time. Love this place and it's very easy to navigate.
  • The horseshoe-shaped bowl always had good bones since it was carved out of a ravine in the Durham woods in 1928. Now, it also has the makeover it has needed for decades. The track's been ripped out, the field lowered eight feet, and the stands extended down close to the action. The whole stadium has had a unifying makeover of "Duke brick," a decidedly upscale improvement over the 1920's concrete. A new natural grass field, a mammoth video board, all new lights, new bathrooms, entrance gates and concession stands, a new concourse and a huge glass "Blue Devil Tower" of suites for the 2016 season complete the $150M makeover. Better than ever!
  • We enjoy the Duke Football games there!
  • Season ticket holder. Love the atmosphere, and love walking to the Stadium. It will be absolutely beautiful in 2016. We still need more fans to attend so come on out!
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